D Linden Springer (Prince George, Portland, 2010-13) has signed a two-year extension with the Manchester Storm (England, UK Elite). This season, he has one goal and two assists in 10 games.
Casey O’Brien is the general manager and head coach of the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers. On Tuesday morning, he posted a tweet involving his wife, Laura, who experienced a medical emergency while having routine blood work done on Monday. . . . O’Brien is in his second season as the Terriers’ GM and head coach, after spending five seasons as an assistant coach. . . . I pass along his tweet and ask the hockey community to keep Laura in its thoughts and prayers.
— Casey O'Brien (@coachobrien44) October 17, 2017
If you would like to read more about O’Brien, who is deaf, take a couple of minutes and check out this piece right here that TSN’s Darren Dreger wrote in December. It is headlined: The relentless drive of Casey O’Brien. . . . It carries that headline for good reason.
The Tri-City Americans solved their 20-year-old and import situations on Tuesday when Russian F Vladislav Lukin signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL. Lukin, who is from Ufa, played the previous three seasons with the Americans. Last season, he had 26 goals and 32 assists in 63 games. . . . Lukin started this season in camp with the Americans, then moved on to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. They assigned him to the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, who released him last week. Lukin then returned to the Americans. . . . His return left Tri-City with three import players, one over the limit, and four 20-year-olds, also one over the limit. Lukin’s departure leaves the Americans with Finnish D Juuso Valimaki and D Roman Kalinichenko, a freshman from Russia, as the imports, and G Patrick Dea, F Maxwell James and F Jordan Topping as the 20s.
Meanwhile, the Americans have acquired D Anthony Bishop, 19, from the Victoria Royals for an eighth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. Bishop wasn’t in the Americans’ lineup last night as they beat the visiting Kelowna Rockets, 2-1. . . . Bishop, from Kelowna, played last season with the WHL-champion Seattle Thunderbirds, recording two goals and five assists in seven games. . . . In 2015-16, as a freshman with the Saskatoon Blades, he had two assists in 40 games. . . . This season, he had one assist in four games with Victoria. . . . The Royals acquired him from Seattle on Aug. 2, giving up F Blake Bargar, 19, in the exchange. . . . With Bishop, the Americans have nine defencemen on their roster. But two of them, Liam Belcourt and Dan Gatenby, are out with long-term injuries.
The WHL has named the roster for Team WHL, which will meet a touring Russian side in Moose Jaw (Nov. 6) and Swift Current (Nov. 7) in the western end of the annual CIBC Canada-Russia Series. . . . Games 3 and 4 will be played in the OHL cities of Owen Sound (Nov. 9) and Sudbury (Nov. 13), with Games 5 and 6 in the QMJHL centres of Charlottetown (Nov. 14) and Moncton (Nov. 16). . . . Team WHL’s roster, as it now stands, features 20 players, including eight defencemen and 12 forwards. . . . The rosters includes F Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants, who has yet to play a game this season. He is recovering from off-season surgery for a sports hernia and remains with the Edmonton Oilers, who selected him in the second round of the NHL’s 2016 draft. . . . The roster also includes G Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips for a third straight season. However, he has played in only two games this season. He was returned to Everett by the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, played on Sept. 29 and 30, and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with mononucleosis.
The WHL’s news release and the roster are right here.
There are 15 WHL players on the 66-man roster released by Hockey Canada on Tuesday for the U-17 World Hockey Challenge that is to be played in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., Nov. 5-11. . . . The players will be split into three teams — Black, Red and White — for the tournament that also includes teams from Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the U.S.. . . . From a news release: “In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. The players chosen to compete at the (WHC) were selected by Brad McEwen, Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with U17 POE management group lead Steve Staios, along with regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).” . . . There is one WHL goaltender on the roster, along with seven defencemen and seven forwards. The complete roster is right here.
The Tri-City Americans have two forwards — Connor Bouchard and Sasha Mutala — on the roster. Expecting that to happen, Tri-City general manager Bob Tory added F Brett Clayton to the roster on Monday. Clayton, who is to turn 19 on Nov. 22, was released by the Portland Winterhawks in September and subsequently dropped from their list.
D Charlie Roy of the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes has drawn a 15-game suspension after a nasty incident that occurred in a game against the host Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday. . . . Unlike the WHL, which chooses not to use modern technology to provide insight when such decisions are reached, the QMJHL posted video of the incident and the rationale behind the suspension on its website. You are able to view it all right here. . . . In short, Roy twice punched a fallen and defenceless opponent, F Maxime Comtois, the first knocking off the helmet and the second causing the head to strike the ice surface with force. . . . Also taken into consideration: Roy wasn’t a first-time offender and the opponent was injured on the play in question. . . . The incident occurred at 19:42 of the second period in a game won by Shawinigan, 4-2. . . . Comtois was a second-round pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL’s 2017 draft.
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WHL says downed power lines on Hwy 3 has delayed the refs slightly. Tonight's puck drop will now be 7:10 pm.#ICEcountry
— Kootenay ICE (@WHLKootenayICE) October 18, 2017
At Cranbrook, B.C., F Brett Davis broke a 1-1 tie at 17:45 of the second period as the Kootenay Ice beat the Moose Jaw Warriors, 2-1. . . . The Ice (4-5-1) has won two in a row for the first time this season. Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) notes that the Ice won back-to-back games only twice last season and five times over the past three seasons. . . . The Warriors (7-2-0) had won their previous two games. . . . F Vince Loschiavo (4) gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 5:54 of the first period. . . . The Warriors tied it at 12:55 on a goal from F Tanner Jeannot (3). . . . Davis won it with the game’s only PP goal. . . . The Ice was 1-3 on the PP; the Warriors were 0-2. . . . G Bailey Brkin earned the victory with 28 saves, three fewer than Moose Jaw’s Brody Willms. . . . D Chase Hartje, who turns 18 on Dec. 17, made his debut with the Warriors. From Bemidji, Minn., he had been out with an undisclosed injury. Last season, he had four goals and 21 assists in 25 games with Bemidji High. He also played nine games with the NAHL’s Bismarck, N.D., Bobcats, putting up two goals and four assists. . . . After playing seven straight home games, the Warriors opened a seven-game road swing with this one. From Cranbrook, they’ll go through the U.S. Division and then finish up in Medicine Hat on Oct. 27. . . . Announced attendance: 2,110.
At Prince Albert, F Dawson Holt scored his first goal of the season, at 2:35 of OT, to give the Vancouver Giants a 5-4 victory over the Raiders. . . .Holt won it with a shot from the high slot that went off a post, hit G Nicholas Sanders in the back and went into the Prince Albert net. . . . The Giants (3-4-2) had lost four in a row (0-2-2). . . . The Raiders (3-4-3) went into OT for the third time in four games. They now have lost four in a row (0-1-3). . . . The teams combined for five goals in the game’s first 5:21 and seven in the first period, with the Raiders taking a 4-3 edge into the second. . . . The Giants took a 2-0 lead on goals from F Brayden Watts (7), at 1:33, and F Ty Ronning, at 2:21. . . . The Raiders roared back and tied it as F Jordy Stallard (6) scored, at 3:45, and D Sergei Sapego followed at 4:50. . . . Ronning’s sixth goal gave the Giants a 3-2 edge at 5:21. . . . The home side went out front on goals from D Parker Kelly (6), at 18:27, and F Sean Montgomery (4), at 19:58. . . . After the wild first period, there was only one more goal through the end of regulation time, that coming from Vancouver F Alex Kannok Leipert (1), at 8:25 of the second period. . . . F Cole Fonstad had two assists for the Raiders, with Sapego and Stallard each getting one. . . . Each team was 0-2 on the PP. . . . The Giants got 33 saves from G David Tendeck. . . . G Curtis Meger made his eighth straight start for the Raiders, but lasted just 5:22 after allowing three goals on four shots. Sanders, who hadn’t played since Sept. 23 due to an undisclosed injury, came off the bench to stop 33 of 35 shots in 57:13. . . . Vancouver lost D Darian Skeoch to a charging major and game misconduct at 1:24 of the second period. . . . The Giants are four games into a seven-game road trip — they are 1-1-2 — that will end in Regina on Saturday. . . . D Brayden Pachal returned to the Raiders’ lineup after serving a three-game suspension. . . . Announced attendance: 1,727.
At Kennewick, Wash., G Beck Warm stopped 33 shots to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 2-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Americans (6-4-0) have won three in a row. . . . The Rockets (4-4-2) have lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . F Nolan Yaremko scored both Tri-City goals, his first of the season, at 10:24 of the first period and 12:24 of the third. . . . F Jordan Topping of the Americans took a boarding major and game misconduct, for a hit on Kelowna F Jack Cowell, at 17:22 of the third period. . . . Cowell wasn’t injured on the play and, in fact, picked up an assist on the PP goal that followed, from F Dillon Dube (4). . . . The Rockets got 22 stops from G James Porter. . . . Kelowna was 1-5 on the PP; Tri-City was 0-3. . . . Tri-City D Juuso Valimaki returned after missing three games due to illness. F Brett Clayton, who was added to the Americans’ roster on Monday, was scratched. . . . F Maxwell James of the Americans served the final game of a three-game suspension. . . . With assistant coach Brian Pellerin away at the WHL Cup, the Americans had former G Olaf Kolzig working as an assistant coach. Kolzig also is one of the club’s owners. . . . Not to be forgotten in this one was the meeting of the Topping brothers — Jordan, 20, and his younger brother Kyle, a sophomore forward with Kelowna who will turn 18 on Nov. 18. The Toppings are from Salt Spring Island, B.C., which also is home to Valdy, a popular Canadian singer-song writer. . . . Announced attendance: 2,783.
WEDNESDAY (all times local):
Victoria at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Moose Jaw at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Tri-City at Everett, 7:05 p.m.
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